How to survive the step up to high school
HIGH school differs from primary school in many ways, and students may feel nervous and-or excited before entering the next phase of their education. The New South Wales Government made a couple of videos introducing kids to some of the subjects they may be able to study including the sciences, drama and art.
The video also briefly outlines timetables, possible locker set-ups and other things that differ from primary schools. It offers some tips for new high school students including:
Meet new friends – don’t be afraid to meet new people. Joining a school club or group helps you meet other students who share your interests. Importantly, always be yourself.
Try something new – high school is full of possibilities and a broad number of subjects are often offered in students’ first year. To be organised use a diary and have plenty of copies of the timetable.
Homework – set up a regular homework routine. And ask teachers for help with assignments if you feel you’re struggling.
For parents, the Queensland Health website recommends helping children transition from primary to high school by:
Asking for a timetable and a map of the school so you can discuss with them how they will get to each lesson.
Have your child meet as many teachers as possible before the first day. Some schools run a separate transition day for students with disability so that this can occur.
Buddy systems are used successfully in many schools.
If your child has friends going to the same school, encourage them to go together for the first few days.
The website also recommends encouraging your child to practise writing important information down in a diary and colour-coding their books and textbooks (a different colour for each subject) to make identification easy. They could also have a weekly timetable for home, with a colour coding grid to match their books.
For more go to schools.nsw.edu.au or education.qld.gov.au